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Anne Lamott Quotes
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Anne Lamott Quote: “The difference between a writer who toughs it out and one who doesn’t is that you push through the parts where you know that you’ve just written seven pages when all you’re looking for is one paragraph.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Quiet, deep breath after any prayer is another form of Amen.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Also, I have a pouch below my belly, whereas I’d always had a thin waist before. Now there’s this situation down there, low and grabbable. If it had a zipper, you could store stuff in there, like a fanny pack.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “It’s almost like learning to meditate to learn to hear what your kid is actually saying.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I got one of the five golden tickets to be a writer, and I take that seriously. I don’t love my own work at all, but I love my own self. I love that I’ve been given the chance to capture the stories that come through me.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “He told me about his monster. His sounded just like mine without quite so much mascara. When people shine a little light on their monster, we find out how similar most of our monsters are.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “My understanding is that you get to choose which of your thoughts to go with.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “All parents are an embarrassment to their kids. Often, grandparents are the relief. Kids don’t have to resist you.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Publication is not all that it is cracked up to be. But writing is.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I was the angriest daughter on earth, and also, one of the most devoted.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “But the idea of spending entire days in someone else’s office doing someone else’s work did not suit my father’s soul.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I understood immediately the thrill of seeing oneself in print. It provides some sort of primal verification: you are in print; therefore you exist.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “People help you or you help them and when we offer or receive help, we take in each other. And then we are saved.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Reading poetry and reading the great works of the canon that we were reading in the ’60s and the ’70s and ’80s was mind altering.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “You are going to have to give and give and give, or there’s no reason for you to be writing. You have to give from the deepest part of yourself, and you are going to have to go on giving, and the giving has to be its own reward.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Gratitude is seeing how someone changed your heart and quality of life, helped you become the good parts of the person you are.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “At our most primitive we are storytellers and dancers.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I try to write the books I would love to come upon that are honest, concerned with real lives, human hearts, spiritual transformation, families, secrets, wonder, craziness – and that can make me laugh.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “But easy’s like, who cares? Easy’s like, how much is easy going to get you?”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I’m very successful, but there are 50,000 general interest books published every year. If you don’t want to read mine, there are others.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I am all the ages I’ve ever been.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “A nun I know once told me she kept begging God to take her character defects away from her. After years of this prayer, God finally got back to her: I’m not going to take anything away from you, you have to give it to Me.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “You want to protect your child from pain, and what you get instead is life, and grace; and though theologians insist that grace is freely given, the truth is that sometimes you pay for it through the nose. And you can’t pay your child’s way.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “We all often feel like we are pulling teeth, even those writers whose prose ends up being the most natural and fluid. The right words and sentences just do not come pouring out like ticker tape most of the time.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Peace is joy at rest. Joy is peace on its feet. quoting her pastor in Salon, April 25, 2003.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I think this is how we are supposed to be in the world-present and in awe.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “You are not your bank account, our your ambitiousness. You’re not the cold clay lump with a big belly you leave behind when you die. You’re not your collection of walking personality disorders. You are spirit, you are love.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Nothing heals us like letting people know our scariest parts: When people listen to you cry and lament, and look at you with love, it’s like they are holding the baby of you.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “There is ecstasy in paying attention. You can get into a kind of Wordsworthian openness to the world, where you see in everything the essence of holiness.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer, you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act – truth is always subversive.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I do not love to garden. I love other people’s gardens, and I like cut flowers. I have Astroturf and a whole lot of high-quality plastic flowers stuck in the dirt of our front yard. These are quite a lovely sight and bring to mind many e. e. cummings poems. People used to give me potted plants and trees, and what happened to them is really too horrible to go into here.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “The harm is in the unwanted help or helping them when they need to figure things out for themselves. Help is the sunny side of control.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Every woman’s path is difficult, and many mothers were as equipped to raise children as wire monkey mothers. I say that without judgment: It is, sadly, true. An unhealthy mother’s love is withering.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Anne Lamott’s priest friend Tom, how to get through: “Left foot, right foot, left foot, breathe,” he said. “Right foot, left foot, right foot, breathe.” Salon April 25, 2003.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “What people somehow forgot to mention when we were children was that we need to make messes in order to find out who we are and why we are here.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “My mind is a neighborhood I try not to go into alone.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Having a baby is like suddenly getting the world’s worst roommate, like having Janis Joplin with a bad hangover and PMS come to stay with you.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I get thirsty people glasses of water, even if that thirsty person is just me.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I am a terrible and lazy Christian. I do not believe that the Bible is the literal word of God. I just skip about a third of it.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “A big heart is both a clunky and a delicate thing; it doesn’t protect itself and it doesn’t hide. It stands out, like a baby’s fontanel, where you can see the soul pulse through.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “When hope is not pinned wriggling onto a shiny image or expectation, it sometimes floats forth and opens.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “One line of dialogue that rings true reveals character in a way that pages of description can’t.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I did not raise my son, Sam, to celebrate Mother’s Day. I didn’t want him to feel some obligation to buy me pricey lunches or flowers, some annual display of gratitude that you have to grit your teeth and endure.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “He got me a cup of tea with honey, toast with honey, yogurt with honey, like I was John the Baptist with the flu.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Just don’t pretend you know more about your characters than they do, because you don’t. Stay open to them. It’s teatime and all the dolls are at the table. Listen. It’s that simple.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist’s true friend.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Trappings and charm wear off, I’ve learned. The book of welcome says, Let people see you. They see that your upper arms are beautiful, soft and clean and warm, and then they will see this about their own, some of the time. It’s called having friends, choosing each other, getting found, being fished out of the rubble. It blows you away, how this wonderful event happened – me in your life, you in mine.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I have a giant ego and terrible self-esteem, so I need to hit the re-set button fairly regularly – to get into presence, and humility, and being right-sized.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “If you have a body, you are entitled to the full range of feelings. It comes with the package.”
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